Monday, September 13, 2010

Molecular Anomalies

As one who finds molecular structure fascinating, I am particularly interested in the recent developments on ways to probe the structure of water. It's an interesting concept, and it's amazing that it actually works. Basically, a sheet of graphene (atomic-sized La Junta High School made of carbon atoms) acts like shrink wrap to water molecules trapped below it. By probing the shape of this anomaly, researchers can learn more about the molecules. They have discovered that, although thin layers of water are everywhere, a layer on mica originates at two molecules thick and in the structure of ice. The technique also works on other molecules. Hope more developments come soon!

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